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An Olivia Newton-John Retrospective, Part Thirteen: 2010-2019 – Country Universe

An Olivia Newton-John Retrospective

Part Thirteen: 2010-2019

After a remarkably prolific begin to the new century, this previous decade has been slower on the brand new music front for Olivia Newton-John.  There have been a handful of latest studio recordings, but the decade has been dominated by reside and seasonal releases, most of which have been also collaborations.

A few of these collaborations have resulted in her largest business successes of the new century, but as far solo material goes, probably the most rewarding release isn’t musical in any respect: her bewitching autobiography was launched in Australia in 2018, and worldwide the following yr.

Take pleasure in this ultimate look back at the beautiful profession of Olivia Newton-John, but keep in mind that as nice as her best musical moments have been, her biggest legacy and the work she needs to be remembered for might be found right here.

A Few Greatest Men (Soundtrack)


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The Rain, The Park, and Other Issues

The Nips are Getting Greater

Daydream Believer

The Pushbike Music


Afternoon Delight

A Lovely Morning

Model New Key

The Love Boat

Reside it Up

Sugar Sugar

Dwelling within the 70’s

Satan Gate Drive

Georgy Woman

I Assume I Love You

Two Out of Three Ain’t Dangerous


Weightless (Punk Ninja Remix)

A Few Greatest Men is a raunchy Australian comedy film that had Newton-John enjoying towards sort as a really wild mother of the bride.  For the soundtrack, the concept was excessive power dance mixes of predominantly seventies AM radio hits.

There’s no level in mincing phrases. The dance mixes are terrible, sounding no better than probably the most generic selfmade remixes that dominate SoundCloud. Newton-John’s vocal performances are advantageous, however her sense of humor and playfulness get misplaced in the dreary beats that always drown her out.

The album has an enormous winner, nevertheless, in “Weightless,” a John Farrar tune that heralds Newton-John’s return to pure pop music.  He still is aware of her voice better than anyone else. I’d love to listen to him rework this monitor with reside instrumentation.

This Christmas (with John Travolta)


United States: #81 | Australia #33

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Baby, It’s Cold Outdoors

Rockin’ Across the Christmas Tree (with Kenny G)

I’ll Be House For Christmas (with Barbra Streisand)

This Christmas (with Chick Corea)

Silent Night time

The Christmas Waltz

Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas (with Cliff Richard)

Winter Wonderland (with Tony Bennett and the Rely Basie Orchestra)

White Christmas

I Assume You May Prefer it

The Christmas Track

Deck the Halls (with James Taylor)

Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time is Here (Medley)

This album was made for charity, but relatively being recognized for the generous gesture it was, the set earned infamy by means of the notoriously dangerous video clip for “I Think You Might Like It.” In fact, that helped propel the album onto the charts, so it ended up a internet constructive for the great trigger.

This Christmas is greatest acquired as an audio model of a network Christmas particular from days passed by, that includes entertaining cameos by famous singers which are a lot, a lot better at what they do than one half of this collaboration.  Newton-John does a lot of the heavy lifting throughout the set, and she or he sounds great interacting with legends like Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, and James Taylor.

There are some moments where you possibly can just fake that John Travolta is enjoying an Olivia Newton-John Christmas CD in his automotive and singing alongside.  Those are one of the best moments.

Lodge Periods


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Unusual Life

Better of My Love

Finish in Peace

Bow River

Broken Wings

Better of My Love (Dance Mix)

Broken Wings (Dance Combine)

Lodge Periods is an EP of unreleased tracks that was initially bought at Newton-John’s live shows, before ultimately being made out there to most of the people.  The songs are uniformly strong, with “End in Peace” being among the strongest compositions Newton-John has ever written.

The problem, again, is that these fascinating and deeply meaningful songs are shackled to generic dance beats.  Her vocals are superb all through, they usually cry out for real instrumentation.  She just doesn’t have the suitable voice for digital music.  Her tone is just too heat.  Still, it’s value a obtain only for the sake of having this material in any type.

Summer time Nights: Reside in Las Vegas


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Have You By no means Been Mellow



Out of the blue

A Little Extra Love


If Not For You

Let Me Be There

Please Mr. Please

Take Me House Country Roads

If You Love Me (Let Me Know)


Cry Me a River

Ship in the Clowns

Not Gonna Give Into It

Take a look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)

You’re the One That I Need

Hopelessly Devoted to You

Summer time Nights

We Go Collectively

Grace and Gratitude

I Truthfully Love You

When she was a toddler, Newton-John attended a concert of certainly one of her musical heroes, and was disillusioned that she didn’t carry out most of her hits.  She remembered that, and consequently, she’s all the time carried out her greatest to incorporate a lot of the songs that followers need to hear in her set lists.

As this function has documented, she has too many hits to cover the whole lot, however this recording of her Vegas residency is one in every of her better makes an attempt at overlaying her whole career, even if the non-movie eighties pop hits get the brief shrift.  Her band has had few lineup modifications since she resumed touring at the turn of the century, so it’s especially good to hear them get solo turns on “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” especially her feminine backup singer who doesn’t get a full duet in the course of the show like the blokes do.

Two Robust Hearts Reside (with John Farnham)


Australia: #1

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Two Robust Hearts

Let Me Be There


I Truthfully Love You

Tenterfield Saddler

No One Comes Close

Love to Shine

Out of the blue

Dare to Dream

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Burn For You

Hit the Street Jack/Fever

You’re the One That I Want

Summer time Nights

Coronary heart’s on Hearth

If Not For You

Each Time You Cry


You’re the Voice

It’s a Long Method to the Prime (If You Need to Rock and Roll)

The first of two #1 albums that Newton-John has enjoyed with John Farnham this decade, Two Robust Hearts Stay documents their wildly profitable Australian tour.  For those unaware of him, Farnham is an Australian legend with a strong set of pipes.

Somewhat than being a cynical money grab, Two Robust Hearts is an actual collaboration, with the two superstars sharing the stage all through the set and supporting one another on their solo hits. It’s a completely totally different feel from Newton-John’s personal headlining exhibits, and she or he clearly enjoys performing with Farnham.  Of all of her stay albums, this is the one to get.

Liv On (with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky)


Australia: #72

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My Heart Goes Out to You

Stay On

Stone in My Pocket

Sand and Water

Perpetually Blue


Don’t Know What to Say


I Will Take Care of You

Grace and Gratitude

There’s Still My Joy

Previous and new materials are introduced collectively on this collaborative challenge that was borne from the concept there ought to be an album particularly for people who are grieving.  If that sounds heavy to you, you’re absolutely proper.  Casual listening, this is not.

Surprisingly, the music that captures the spirit of the venture the most effective is the album’s most uptempo monitor, “Stone in My Pocket.”  Past that, it’s the revisited materials that shines, especially Beth Nielsen Chapman’s all the time highly effective “Sand and Water.”  Liv On is a type of albums that it is best to have in your collection so you’ll be able to go to it during those dark occasions when it is most wanted.

Pals for Christmas (with John Farnham)


Australia: #1

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Let it Snow

It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas

Santa Claus is Coming to City

The Christmas Music

Winter Wonderland

Baby, It’s Cold Outdoors

Silent Night time

White Christmas

Little Drummer Boy

Silver Bells

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

The First Noel

Here Comes Santa Claus

One Little Christmas Tree

Pals For Christmas turned one in every of Newton-John’s largest promoting albums ever in her native Australia, largely as a result of it serves the aim of most top-selling Christmas albums: acquainted and comforting voices singing songs you already know in an unobtrusive means.  Just put the CD on while adorning the tree or entertaining visitors.  It’s the aural equivalent of eggnog.

As all the time, both Newton-John and Farnham are in nice voice, and their individual types mix properly collectively, a advantage of being frequent touring companions.  It’s a greater Christmas album than her Travolta collaboration, but doesn’t reach the inventive heights of her own solo effort from 2007, Christmas Wish.

Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits


Australia: #14

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Xanadu (Stay)

Let Me Be There

Have You Never Been Mellow

A Little More Love

Summer time Nights (Reside)

Magic (Stay)

You’re the One That I Need (Stay)

If Not For You

Banks of the Ohio

I Truthfully Love You

Please Mr. Please

Hopelessly Dedicated to You (Stay)

If You Love Me (Let Me Know)


Something Higher to Do

Heart Assault

Make a Transfer On Me

Tied Up

Making a Good Factor Better

An various title might have been Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits I Own the Copyrights To.

Newton-John just lately signed with Sony Music Australia, and brought her catalog together with her.  Drawback is, she doesn’t have the rights in Australia to the original recordings from the Grease and Xanadu soundtracks.  So relatively than depart those massive hits off, she consists of reside versions as an alternative.

I’d argue that this was the incorrect selection. Sure, her movie hits are amongst her largest, but she will refill a CD of classics without them. Indeed, this was a chance to inform her musical story with out leaning heavily on her film career.  It’s fascinating to see “Making a Good Thing Better” and “Something Better to Do” make the minimize in a career retrospective, as those two tracks had been marginalized in years previous.  But think about how much stronger this set can be if it also included “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Deeper Than the Night,” “Come On Over,” “Soul Kiss,” and “Twist of Fate.”

It remains unimaginable to capture the complete scope of her profession on one CD, but Hopelessly Devoted falls properly in need of Magic: The Very Better of Olivia Newton-John, which stays the gold commonplace of ONJ compilations.

An Olivia Newton-John Retrospective

Earlier: Part Twelve: 2001-2009